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British Detective Fiction in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries  

Anne Humpherys

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Jun 2017
From ancient Greece on, fictional narratives have entailed deciphering mystery. Sophocles’ Oedipus must solve the mystery of the plague decimating Thebes; the play is a dramatization of ... More

Brodkey, Harold  

Philip Bufithis

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Jul 2017
If we accept the well-known distinction that literary fiction is character driven and commercial fiction is plot driven, then the work of Harold Brodkey is the most literary American ... More

Brooks, Gwendolyn  

William R. Nash

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Jul 2017
Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet, novelist, activist, and teacher, stands out for her social engagement, her professional generosity, and her literary accomplishment. In a career that ... More

Buck, Pearl S.  

Amanda Fields

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Sep 2017
A best-selling writer who was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature (1938) and the Pulitzer Prize (1935), Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker Buck published more than ... More

Building Asian Canadian Literary Studies  

Eleanor Ty

Asian Canadian Literary Studies is a relatively new field of study which began in the mid to late 1990s. Even though literature written by Chinese, Japanese, and South Asian Canadians had ... More

Bukowski, Charles  

Mark Conway

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Jul 2017
Charles Bukowski fought, drank, and tirelessly wrote his way to international renown by defining a new American outsider poetry. A self-mythologizing and ingenious promoter, Bukowski was ... More

Burroughs, William S.  

Chuck Carlise

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Jul 2017
Beat pioneer, heroin addict, expatriate, anarchist, gay rights advocate, gentleman, punk icon, free speech trailblazer, and member of the Academy of Arts and Letters, William Seward ... More

Californio Testimonios  

Rosaura Sánchez

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Jan 2019
Several 19th-century Californio testimonios are the product of interviews of Californio men and women made by H. H. Bancroft’s agents, looking for historical information that would be ... More

Canon and Classic  

Trevor Ross

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Mar 2019
The literary canon, theorists contend, is a selection of reputable works that abstracts their value for specific purposes: to safeguard them from neglect or censure, reproduce social and ... More

Capote, Truman  

Charles Robert Baker

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Jul 2017
The author known as Truman Capote was born Truman Streckfus Persons on 30 September 1924 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His father, Archulus Persons, was a charming dreamer who believed that ... More

Caribbean and Southern Literatures  

John Wharton Lowe

Transnationalism and Global Studies have exploded old notions of artificial cultural boundaries, opening to view the myriad cross currents between the U.S. South and the Caribbean. Thus, ... More

Carl Schmitt’s Literary Criticism  

Peter Uwe Hohendahl

As early as 1916, Carl Schmitt underscored the centrality of myth and religion in his analysis of the expressionist Theodor Däubler. He celebrated Däubler as a Christian poet and radical ... More

Carver, Raymond  

James P. Austin

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Jul 2017
Few writers have succeeded over hardship to become an indelible literary figure of their era quite like Raymond Carver. Born in 1938 in Clatskanie, Oregon, Carver was the son of a sawmill ... More

Cather, Willa  

Susan J. Rosowski

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Jul 2017
Willa Cather is remarkable for the excellence, productivity, longevity, consistency, and experimentation of her writing, and also for the absence in her life of the angst familiar in other ... More

Censorship and Literature  

Nicole Moore

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Dec 2016
Insofar as literature is defined negatively, by what it is not, censorship has had a determining role in its historical constitution. Contemporary scholarship emphasizes the dynamic ... More

Central American-American Identity and Politics  

Maritza E. Cárdenas

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Jan 2019
The use of the term “Central American” as an identity category is neither new nor restricted to the US diaspora. However, it is within the last forty years and in the geopolitical setting ... More

Central American-American Feminisms  

Yajaira M. Padilla

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Jun 2018
Central American-American feminisms have come into existence within the recent span of the late 20th to early 21st century as communities of Central Americans have become more established ... More

Chacón, Eusebio  

Francisco A. Lomelí

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Feb 2019
Eusebio Chacón was a Mexican American (sometimes referred to as Chicano) figure who straddled the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is someone who was forgotten and overlooked for ... More

The Chapter in Western Literature  

Nicholas Dames

First known as a kephalaion in Greek, capitulum or caput in Latin, the chapter arose in antiquity as a finding device within long, often heterogenous prose texts, prior even to the advent ... More

Character  

Julian Murphet

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Oct 2017
Character is a property of narrative and discursive textuality, even as it is also a moral and ethical category referring to individual and collective norms of behavior and motive. This ... More

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